Reid: Republicans don’t know what they want

Lawmakers are still at an impasse on how to pass a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government. The government has been shut down since midnight Monday.

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House Republicans have demanded repeals and delays to parts of ObamaCare, but Senate Democrats have said the House needs to pass a “clean” 6-week CR.

“The longer this Republican government shutdown persists the harder it will be on our economy. I hope they figure out what they want,” Reid said. “A government shutdown is the end game for them obviously. Tea Party Republicans want this government shutdown.”

Republicans latest attempt is to vote on small bills funding national parks, the National Guard, veterans programs, the National Institutes of Health, and the Washington, D.C., government. Reid has criticized this plan, saying it’s a transparent, piecemeal approach that won’t work.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called on Reid to allow a vote on those smaller House measures.

Congressional leaders met with President Obama on Tuesday evening to discuss the shutdown — McConnell said the meeting “wasn’t particularly encouraging” because the president won’t negotiate.

It's unclear where the fight will go from here, with both sides digging in for the first government shutdown since 1996.